It’s an undefeated season for Liberty boys, Skyline girls

May 11, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Above, Mekenna Hogan, of Issaquah, receives the baton from Lauren Bruner (left) as Shealee O’Donnell of Skyline gets hers from teammate Kassia Fortier for the final leg of the 400-meter relay May 6. The Spartans won this race. By Greg Farrar

The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was in the 50s. It was a perfect day for a KingCo Conference high-school track and field meet.

The Liberty boys and Skyline girls teams were thinking perfection, too. Both were aiming for unbeaten regular-season meet records. Both attained their goal May 6 by finishing first in the annual Issaquah District meet at Liberty.

The Liberty boys won a close meet with rivals Skyline and Issaquah. The Patriots had 65 points with Skyline second with 61 and Issaquah third with 55.

In the girls meet, Skyline won easily, compiling 91 points. Issaquah was second with 49 points and Liberty third with 39.

The Liberty boys and Skyline girls each finished 8-0.

“We’ve been a good dual meet team the last three years. We have athletes who consistently score in their events,” said Liberty coach Michael Smith of his unbeaten boys team.

Liberty, a 3A school, compiled its record against 4A schools.

“We didn’t compete against a 3A team in a KingCo meet this season,” Smith said.

The district meet was also the final tuneup for the conference championship meet, May 12 and 14 at Eastlake High School. Competition starts at 1 p.m. both days.

The 4A KingCo and 3A/2A KingCo meets run simultaneously at Eastlake, providing spectators a chance to watch athletes from both classifications.

The Skyline girls are the defending 4A KingCo champions.

“I’m not sure that it’s realistic to anticipate a ninth straight KingCo championship,” Skyline coach Dawn Geiser said. “We don’t have the depth that we’ve enjoyed over the past several years. We have some outstanding athletes, but I don’t know if it will be enough to compete with Inglemoor. On paper, Inglemoor looks like they could dominate the league meet.”

But, Geiser added, “I know my girls are ready to give 100 percent in their events.”

Coaches and athletes are hoping the KingCo meet will have good weather. Certainly athletes appreciated the weather May 6.

“It was a nice day for a meet, one of the best I can remember in recent years,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said.

Three firsts for Stacy

Peter Stacy, of Liberty, won three events in the boys meet. He captured the shot put, discus and javelin.

Stacy won the shot with a throw of 45 feet, 9 inches. Teammate Alex Whitman was second at 42-7. Stacy took first in the discus with a throw of 144-2. His closest battle came in the javelin, where Stacy took first with a throw of 175-1. Issaquah’s Mike Baba was second at 174-6.

“He is so consistent. He does well in all three events,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said of Stacy.

The Patriots also had strong efforts from Troy Solly, Devin Bennett and Eric Bice.

Solly won the 110 hurdles in 16 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 39.9.

Bennett won the triple jump by going 43-71/4. He was second in the 800, breaking 2 minutes with a time of 1:59. Bennett also placed fourth in the long jump and was a member of the Patriots’ winning 1,600 relay team.

“He really had a good day,” Smith said of Bennett.

Bice, the school record-holder in the 1,600, added a new mark when he finished first in the 3,200. He set a new school record in the event by finishing first in 9:40.3. Issaquah’s Dennis Leigh was second in 9:53.3.

While Stacy dominated the throwing events, Skyline’s Kasen Williams and Alex Lee put on dazzling performances, too.

Williams took first place in the high jump, long jump and was third in the 400.

“He is an amazing athlete. He is so muscular that he looks like a college football player,” Smith said.

Williams, the defending 4A state high jump champion, took first place in the high jump by going 6-10. Liberty’s Joshua Gordon was second at 6-2.

In the long jump, Williams went 23-6, and in the 400, he finished behind teammates Drew Matthews and Dustin Bratten.

Lee won the 100 in 11.1, beating Issaquah’s Kyle Farmer, who was second in 11.3, and took first in the 200 in 22.4. In addition, Lee was second to Williams in the long jump.

Kevin LeMond and Isaac Robinson, members of Issaquah’s KingCo championship cross country team last fall, each had first places. LeMond won the 800 in 1:58.5 and Robinson took the 1,600 in 4:29.8.

The Eagles also took the pole vault with Jason Hollaway clearing the bar at 13-8.

Ziegler, Dodd take two

In the girls meet, Skyline’s Haley Ziegler won the shot put and the discus. Teammate Amber Dodd won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

Ziegler won the shot with a throw of 33-5 1/2 and she took the discus with a throw of 93-11.

Dodd captured the 100 hurdles in 16 seconds and also won the 300 hurdles in 46.2.

The 100 and 200 was a battle between Skyline’s Shealee O’Donnell and Issaquah’s Haley Jacobson.

“It looked like a preview of the state meet,” Smith said.

O’Donnell nipped Jacobson in the 100, finishing first in 12.4. Jacobson was second in 12.5. In the 200, Jacobson was first in 25.9 with O’Donnell second in 26.1.

“I think the two girls like racing against each other,” Robertson said. “It seems to bring out the best in both of them when they meet.”

O’Donnell and Jacobson also raced in 400 and 800 relays. Skyline won both events. The Spartans took the 400 relay in 49.5 with Issaquah second in 50.2. Skyline captured the 800 in 1:45.3 with Issaquah second in 1:47.2.

Skyline also had first places from Kathryn Steele in the 1,600, Sydne Tingey in the high jump, Lindsay Coutts in the long jump and Marissa Fortier in the triple jump.

In addition to Jacobson, Issaquah received first places from Arielle Walton in the 3,200, Kelley Chen in the javelin and Eva Perry in the pole vault.

Liberty’s Elizabeth Ryker and Megan Chucka each won an event and raced as member of the Patriots’ winning 1,600 relay team.

Ryker won the 400 in 60.9 and Chucka captured the 800 in 2:27.4. Delane Agnew and Madison Birdsall were other members of the relay, which had a winning time of 1:40.82.

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